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Vinegar Health Benefits

Updated on July 25, 2011

Vinegar has been used as a condiment for 1000's of years. The earliest evidence of vinegar use dates back to 3000 B.C in Egypt where traces of vinegar have been found in antique urns. Today vinegar is used in just about every country and comes in many different flavors and styles. In China, Japan and Southeast Asia rice vinegar is a staple cooking ingredient. Balsamic is the vinegar that evolved in Italy and the Mediterranean area and is now famous worldwide. Malt vinegar is the standard you will find in every fish'n'chip shop in Britain. Vinegars made from different kinds of ales and beer are a popular choice in Scandinavia. Apple cider vinegar has been a popular natural remedy in the West for 100's of years or more.

Diabetic Health Benefits of Vinegar

One of the most researched and proven health benefits of vinegar is its role in diabetes. Although there has been many disputes about the various health benefits of vinegar, diabetes stands out in the crowd as the most solid.

So how does vinegar help diabetics? Acetic acid is the common component in every kind of vinegar that provides the unique sour taste. Acetic acid is also considered by researchers to be the ingredient that aids in diabetes. More then one study has shown that a tablespoon or two of vinegar taken with a carbohydrate heavy meal lowers the resulting spike in blood sugar levels. This of great benefit to diabetics who have trouble moving blood sugar from the blood stream into their cells. This can therefore help reduce their symptoms and risk of developing other diabetes related health conditions like heart disease. 

How exactly does vinegar produce this effect? Researchers have found that vinegar inhibits, to some degree, our digestive enzymes that break down complex carbohydrates. This slows down the release of sugars into the blood stream and gives the body more time to regulate blood sugar levels. 

Vinegar and Weight Loss?

Digestive Health Benefits of Vinegar

Another wonderful vinegar health benefit is its ability to aid in digestion. It has been discovered that if we consume vinegar with our meals it helps us to absorb more of the minerals in that meal into our blood stream for the necessary functions they perform. Calcium in particular is one mineral that become more bio-available when take with vinegar, especially plant source of calcium. So making a salad dressing with vinegar and adding it to salads that contain calcium rich vegetables like kale and spinach will help us 'top up' on this important mineral. Calcium deficiency can result in osteoporosis and interfere with the proper functioning of our muscles. 

Apple Cider Vinegar Benefits

No vinegar is more famous for its health benefits than raw apple cider vinegar. It has been used as a folk remedy for 100's of years. Besides the health benefits of vinegar already mentioned here, apple cider vinegar can also aid in fibromyalgia, heavy metal detoxification and helping to maintain a healthy body PH. To read more about this visit apple cider vinegar benefits

Apple Cider Vinegar and Alkalinity


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      sarah 5 years ago

      should i take it to lose weight ? i am obese and tried all diets , nothing worked .

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      Sandalwood 7 years ago from London, Ontario, Canada

      I also want to say I agree with the diabetes and vinegar connection, in my Better Blood Sugar Foods book it cites an incidence where the difference when a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar was added to a high carb meal, blood sugars were 50% lower than in those who did not add the vinegar.

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      Christian H 7 years ago from Denmark

      I didn't about the connection with vinegar and diabetes - interesting stuff.

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      purpletiger 7 years ago

      Just wanted to mention something I heard recently, that some cheaper (possibly imported) balsamic vinegars may have been aged in barrels sealed with lead or other poisonous substances. So, it would be pertinent to always get a good brand of vinegar, preferably one made in the USA, Canada, Australia or the UK, where the production safety standards are high.

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      Mireille G 7 years ago from Kansas

      My grand child has great looking long curly hair, but being a child she does not always rinse it properly. Once in a while I use vinegar to remove all the residue soap from her hair. Another great benefit of vinegar. She ends up with clean shiny hair.